Photo of the Day – October 28

From 2008 – A hopeful at NY Dragons Dancers Auditions

Jacksonville Axe Maidens Selected for New Teams

Our good friend Darlene, who directs the Jacksonville Axe Maidens, wrote to us with some great news about Alumni and Veteran Axe Maidens being selected for new teams.


Veterans Carolyn, Natalie, Courtney and Sara-Marie were selected to the Jacksonville Jewels (ABA Jacksonville Giants)





Veteran Ashley P. was recently selected to the Shark Attack Dance Team (AFL Jacksonville Sharks)

2008 Alumni Micah was selected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders

2010 Alumni Hilary is a rookie on the ROAR of the Jaguars joining 2010 Alumni Marisa who is in her 3rd season on the ROAR.

[Jacksonville Axe Maidens]

Sidewinders prep class reminder!

Photo of the Day – October 10

An Orlando Predators Prowler

The AFL is returning to Portland

Arena Football League returning to Portland
By FOX 12 Staff
October 2, 2013

Portland-area businessman Terry Emmert joined others in announcing a new Arena Football League team Wednesday.

The team will begin play at The Moda Center in Portland, in the spring of 2014. It will mark Arena Football League’s second attempt in Portland after the Forest Dragons skipped town in 1999.

This time, the team is owned by Emmert, who owns Clackamas-based Emmert International, a company that specializes in ultra-heavy duty transit. Alluding to the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, Emmert said sports fans in Oregon are used to seeing a “high-energy, fast-paced brand of football.”

“The Arena Football League delivers that kind of excitement in a unique and affordable family setting,” he said.

Portland will play nine home games at The Moda Center, starting in March. Season tickets start at $99.

Arena Football pits two eight-man teams against each other on a 50-yard indoor field. When a ball is thrown into the crowd, the fan gets to keep it.

Though Portland’s AFL team does not have a name yet, it already has a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a website.

Another New AFL Franchise! Portland, this time it’s YOU!

Get fired up, Portland dancers. WOOT! The BlazerDancers are no longer the only game in town. (At least, I assume not. Every other team in the league has a dance team. No reason why this one shouldn’t.) More tomorrow, after the press conference.

Arena football returning to Portland

By Tim Becker
October 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Arena football is coming back to Portland. KOIN 6 News has learned a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday to announce the sale of an existing AFL team to investors led by a well-known local businessman.

The Arena Football League season began in late March this year, and ended with the Arena Bowl on Aug. 17.

It was around mid-August when rumors of the team possibly moving to Portland first surfaced. At that time, the Trail Blazers were reportedly in negotiations to purchase an AFL team, but nothing materialized then.

The Portland ownership group met with other AFL owners last week. The owners of the new Portland team want to have as many players as possible with Oregon ties, and want to bring affordable professional sports to Portland. A head coach has already been identified.

Because the still-unnamed team will be playing in the Moda Center, the Trail Blazers will be involved in the news conference.

This won’t be the first Arena football franchise in Portland. The Forest Dragons played here for three seasons — 1997, 1998, and 1999 – before relocating to Oklahoma City.

The commissioner of the AFL did not return calls for comment from KOIN 6 News.

Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders Named AFL Dance Team of the Year

Sasha already posted about prep classes and auditions for the 2014 Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders, but I would be remiss If I didn’t mention that the Sidewinders were named the 2013 AFL Dance Team of the Year. (They also earned this honor in 2011).


The Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders dance team has been named as the 2013 Arena Football League Dance Team of the Year.

The Sidewinders put together stellar performances throughout the 2013 season. Highlighting the season were memorable routines such as special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day dances with the dancers’ parents and of course the fan favorite “Football Player” routine.

The Sidewinders are led by Director Angie Baker, who has coached the team for four seasons. She cheered professionally for six years with both the Sidewinders and the Arizona Cardinals, making one Super Bowl appearance and three ArenaBowl appearances, including one as the Dream Team Director.

“This is a huge honor for the team and a testament to the hard work we put in outside of games. We have outstanding leadership within our captains and veterans and a very talented group of rookies that made it happen. It’s been a textbook season and being recognized for something you love to do is icing on the cake,” said Baker. “Thank you to the AFL for this honor and a special thank you to owner Ron Shurts, President Joe Windham, and Head Coach Kevin Guy for providing the opportunity for the dancers to be part of the best sports organization around.”

Not only an integral part of the Rattlers game experience, the Sidewinders also spend time in the community continuing the strong efforts put forth by the organization as a whole to give back to Phoenix and the rest of the Valley.

[AZ Sidewinders]

2013 Sidewinders Prep Classes

Get ready, Arizona dancers!

Philadelphia Soulmates Open Call to be Held on Saturday, November 2

Philadelphia Soul Dance Team Searches for New Talent

The Philadelphia Soul announce the open call tryout for the 2014 Soulmates Dance Team will be held on Saturday, November 2 at Dave & Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting (500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462). The open-call audition registration will take place between 9-10 a.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

Fee for the clinic is $25, but those that pre-register will receive a $5 discount. Pre-registration is available at where credit cards and PayPal are accepted or cash at the door.

Participants must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age by November 2, 2013 with a valid photo ID. Participants are required to wear two-piece dance wear, including a midriff top, lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Participants will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Experienced dancers as well as beginners are encouraged to audition. Applicants will be judged on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. Must bring dance resume, non-returnable headshot and full body picture. The open-call audition will be closed to the public.

Those seeking additional information about the auditions should e-mail the Soul at or visit the official team website at The 2014 Soulmates Finals date, time and location will be announced at a later date.

KISS Update for Los Angeles dancers

This just in: The official word from the LA Kiss organization is there will definitely be a dance/cheer team. The organization is still in it’s infancy (just announced their coach and president last week), so be patient. They will be looking for a director and planning for auditions in the next few months, so stay tuned…

Photo of the Day – September 23

A New Orleans VooDoo Doll

Jacksonville Shark Attack Dance Team Auditions

[Attack Dance Team on Facebook]

[Audition Info]

Jessie’s Mom Has Got it Going On…

So I was perusing the news the other day, and came across as story about a local dance studio in Northern California, whose students will we performing halftime at a local university. The studio is Dance Academy USA,which is under the artistic direction of one Jane Carter.

Jane Carter…Jane Carter…Jane Carter…I know I know something about Jane Carter. But what is it?

DUDE! That’s Jessie’s mom!

And then it all came back to me. All about Jessie’s mom, and everything Jessie told me a few months ago, and how this is THE GREATEST mother/daughter story to hit Ultimate Cheerleaders EVER. Y’all know how I am always on the hunt for twins/sisters/mother-daughter combos for our “relatives” page. My only excuse for forgetting about this is I am easily distracted and somebody must’ve waved a shiny object in front of my face.

First let’s start with Jessie. Such a sweet girl, that Jessie. Nice in a completely non-annoying way. She looks all intimidating in this photo. Soooo not her personality.

Jessie danced for the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons (2008-2010).

I think she was all of 18 when she made the team.

Then she was with the Charger Grls for a season (2010-11).

After a season off to focus on school, Jessie got itch to get out there again. She had a little over a year before graduating from college, and decided she wanted to experience dance team at the college level. So she auditioned for, and was selected to the world famous Song Girls from the University of Southern California. That’s something new. A college dance team with an NFL/NBA alum in the ranks.

She was on that team last year (2012-13). There’s no telling where she’ll turn up next, but I am convinced she’s not finished dancing. It’s in her blood.

Which brings me to Jessie’s mom, Jane. As I mentioned above, Jane is the Artistic Director of Dance Academy USA. In addition to Jessie, Jane, and her husband Jim have two other daughters; Jamie and Jodie. Jane, Jim, Jessie, Jamie, and Jodie. I’ve seen pictures of the five of them together, and they look like the photo that comes with the frame.

Jim, I am informed, is the only one who can’t dance. Not even a little.

I’m keeping my eye out for Jamie and Jodie.

But back to Jane. This was Jane back in the day:

Like her daughter, Jane, also danced for both the NBA and the NFL. However, it was not for the Clippers and the Chargers. Jane was a Northern California girl, so her experience centered around that area. She started off with the San Jose State Spectrum Dance team in 1983-84. (To this day, Spectrum alumni are consistently selected for the NFL, NBA, and AFL.) A year later, she became a Golden State Warrior Girl.

(Top right, y'all)

She performed with that team for two years before spending a year with the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush.

After that, she retired from her career as a pro sports entertainer and opened Dance Academy USA. A couple years later, little Jessie was born, and the rest is history.

These days Dance Academy USA keeps Jane plenty busy. It’s one of the largest. most successful studios in the region. They have 40 instructors, and over 1600 students. They teach hundreds of classes each week. Successful? You better believe it.

But back in the day, it was glam all the way. I have so many questions for Jane about what it was like back then, but if I sit down to figure them all out, this post will go on the shelf yet again. So for now, let’s enjoy the pics. Many thanks to Jessie for all the photos of her mommy :-)

Sidebar: if you know of any sisters, cousins, moms and daughters, to add to the list. Let me know at sasha (at)

Familiar Faces in New Places

This is more of a Sasha thing, but I’ve noticed a few ladies who switched teams earlier this year, and thought I’d give them a little acknowledgment.


Philadelphia Wings Angel Kacey is now on the New York Jets Flight Crew


Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Kate is now a Gotham City Cheerleader


Miami Dolphins Cheerleader (and Miss Pennsylvania USA) LauRen is now a Charlotte Lady Cat

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Demi is now on a Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer


Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Jonique is now a Washington Wizards Girl


Philadelphia Soulmate Kristina is now a member of the Gotham City Cheerleaders Ref Squad

If you know someone else who switched teams, let us know.

Photo of the Day – August 20

An Orlando Predators Prowler